Despite snow, Grain Valley votes on $3.8M bond issue for schools - KCTV5

Despite snow, Grain Valley votes on $3.8M bond issue for schools

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While most schools across the metro were closed Tuesday for a snow day, one middle school kept their doors open.

But there were no students showing up at Grain Valley Middle School. Instead, the district is holding a special election asking voters to approve a $3.8 million bond to add more rooms in the high school and improve the security system at six school buildings that would add air-lock doors between the office and the hallway.

This would keep the public and more importantly a potential threat from walking straight into the building before having to pass through the office first.

"With the weather, I knew that I needed to get out early while my kids are still in bed enjoying their snow day. Then, I will go back and do the same thing, but I know it's going to be a struggle for a lot of people to get out, so I wanted to make sure I made it out here first," voter Michelle Kennedy said.

Voters Jim Henson and his wife, Shirley, say the trick is to vote early to beat Mother Nature before she really socks us with slippery roads.

"We did not hesitate ... just important for our school. (Driving in the snow) didn't bother me at all, because I had a chauffeur," Shirley Henson said.

Even with the powerful snow storm moving in, district officials decided to not reschedule the election.

District officials say they would incur a lot more expense since the district has to pay the cost of holding the special election. And waiting until April would impact construction of the project.

"The whole reason they go in February is so that the project, if passed, it can move along so that they have time to get it built over the summer. So that it is ready for school in August. That is why they don't do it in April in the first place. Waiting really doesn't delay it a couple of months, it delays it completion of the project the entire year," said Jerry Vaughan, district director of Education Foundation.

There are 10,000 registered voters who can have their say on this issue. The polls are open until 7 p.m.

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